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DES MOINES – Drake University athletics director Brian Hardin Thursday named Aplington native Darian DeVries head men’s basketball coach.

A former starter at the University of Northern Iowa under coach Eldon Miller, DeVries has spent the past 17 years as an assistant coach to both Dana Altman and Greg McDermott on Creighton’s staff.

“I’m so blessed and humbled to have this opportunity to lead the Drake men’s basketball program,” DeVries said. “This program has tremendous potential because of the commitment by President Martin and director of athletics Brian Hardin to make Drake men’s basketball a consistent winner.

“The city of Des Moines is an awesome place to be and we can’t wait to show it off to future recruits. When you have a great academic institution combined with a vibrant city and people that go out of their way to help one another, it’s a recipe for sustained success.”

DeVries, 42, was one of the longest-tenured men’s basketball assistant coaches at one school in the nation, recently assisting the Bluejays to their fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years. He’s spent a total of 20 years on Creighton’s staff with the program accumulating a record of 460-211.

“Darian is an exceptionally talented coach who has found considerable success in his Division I career,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “His commitment to on-court and academic excellence reflect values that are intrinsic to Drake Athletics. His 17 years of loyalty to the Bluejays contributed to a remarkable depth of talent and character in that program, and we look forward to the same exceptional caliber of leadership from Coach DeVries here at Drake.”

Under DeVries’ guidance, Creighton has had 15 first-team all-conference selections, six conference Players of the Year, three Newcomers of the Year, three Freshmen of the Year and three Defensive Players of the Year. CU has also had six All-American honorees in that time, including Doug McDermott, the first player in 30 years to be named a First Team All-American by the AP in three straight seasons.

“Darian has had a significant role in creating a tremendous level of sustained success at Creighton over the past 20 years and I’m thrilled he has accepted this opportunity to lead our men’s basketball program,” Hardin said. “I’m excited to welcome a native Iowan back home and I look forward to our community helping Darian take the Drake men’s basketball team to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference.”

Prior to graduating from UNI in 1998, DeVries finished his basketball career with 1,084 points and was twice an MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selection. The two-time UNI captain led the Panthers in 3-point shooting three years, converting 44 percent of his attempts as a senior with 3.1 assists per game.

DeVries graduated with a B.A. in elementary education and a minor in physical education. He earned his master’s degree in college counseling from Creighton in 2000.

DeVries was a standout athlete in high school at Aplington-Parkersburg, and in the spring of 2015 was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame. The oldest of five siblings, DeVries’ family boasts a tremendous academic pedigree with all five competing collegiately. His brother, Jared, was an All-American on the football team at the University of Iowa and was a 12-year member of the Detroit Lions, while another brother, Dusty, also played football for the Hawkeyes. His youngest brother, Jay, played football at Wartburg College and his sister, Jodi, was a Second Team All-MVC selection in volleyball at Northern Iowa.

Darian and his wife, Ashley, have one son, Tucker (16) and one daughter, Tatum (10).

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